”At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters” – Bill Shankly
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” – Bill Shankly
Nigerian football fans, calm down, biko, football is not and will never be a matter of life and death! I am still trying to understand why a fan thousands of miles away from the center of action refuses to eat or sleep because ”his club” lost a match, meanwhile, the players in the thick of the action go out the same night and party all night? I am talking about players who get all the money and fame from the same same club and game we all claim to love so much, they lose a match and they don’t get to lose sleep or food.
I am trying to get you to rethink your so called support for these European clubs for the sake of your heart and sanity. Week in, week out, Arsenal fans claim their hearts and pride are smashed by Wenger and his lads. Not too long ago, a man slumped and died in Owerri while watching Arsenal against Stoke City because Arsenal lost the match. I was wondering what would have happened to him if he was alive to witness the game of the following week which Arsenal lost woefully?
In case you are still wondering what football is if it is not a matter of life and death, see the following points.
Football is a matter of money and more money and deals for club owners and board members.
Football is a matter of money and more money to Football Associations from sales of broadcast rights, sponsorship and transfer fees.
Football is matter of money and more money to bookmakers and betting companies.
Football is not a matter of life and death but about advertising milestones. The exposures brands enjoy week in, week out.
Football is all about players’ careers most times riding on hypes and excitement built around their performances and skills.
Football is about fans buying tickets, artifacts and clubs memorabilia.
Well, the more fans see and approach football as a matter of life and death, the better it is for the overall interest of club owners and footballers alike. Fans are always at the losing end except for emotional satisfaction.